How Much Less Does Filtered Water Cost Than Bottled Water?

Let’s say that a 20 ounce bottle of water costs about $1.50.  One gallon contains 128 ounces, or 6.4 bottles of water.  6.4 multiplied by $1.50 equals $9.60.  For comparison, cost for a gallon of gasoline is about half that amount.

As you do the math in your head to make sure that I’m right, here’s one more fact that is sure to bug you if you’re unaware:  most bottled water is just from the tap.

Does this mean that the water you are drinking from a plastic bottle is of subpar quality?  Not necessarily.  Most tap water in this country is very drinkable, though there are some contaminants – from chlorine to lead – that we would recommend filtering out to avoid long-term health issues.  Does this mean you are getting ripped off?  Well, remember, that plastic bottle is yours for keeps after you buy it.  As long as you use that bottle to its full potential, using and reusing it dozens of times, you’re getting a great deal.

If you are still reading, you must be one of the millions that just throw away a plastic water bottle when you’re done with it.  This means that yes, depending on how much bottled water you buy, you are probably getting ripped off.

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GAC/KDF Water Filtration

KDF 55 is a patented product representing a new and unique way of water processing medium which by its natural process of electrochemical oxidation/reduction and adsorption action reduces and/or removes many unwanted contaminants from water.

KDF 55 medium is a versatile, specially formulated high purity, bimetal material. This product operates as a multifunctional medium which has superior capabilities of dechlorination of drinking water and reduces dissolved heavy metals in water supplies. The dechlorination capacity of KDF 55 medium exceeds that of an equal quantity of activated carbon by over ten-fold.

KDF 55 medium has the ability to control bacteria, fungi, algae and mold .

Patented KDF media consists of a high purity copper-zinc formulation. These substances exchange electrons or bond with chlorine and other metals contained in the water to create harmless substances.

Through this basic process known as redox (oxidation/reduction), KDF works behind the scenes to rid your water of chlorine, lead, mercury, iron and hydrogen sulfide. The redox reaction also inhibits the growth of bacteria, algae, and fungi. As an added benefit, KDF reduces lime scale, mold, and fungi .

KDF is completely safe and meets EPA and FDA standards for levels of zinc and copper in potable water, so the process is not toxic and does not cause any adverse side effects.

Activated carbon has been known as a miracle filter media by many researchers because of its unique ability to  remove offensive tastes, odor, color, chlorine and volatile organic chemicals, pesticides and trihalomethanes (a group of suspected carcinogens). Briefly, activated carbon  acts like a sponge, with a large surface area to absorb contaminants in the water. Many scientists believe this is a result of affinity that these chemicals have for carbon because of Van Der Waal forces. Activated carbon is the preferred treatment and method recommended by the EPA to remove a host of potentially hazardous and possibly carcinogenic chemicals in drinking water. A partial list of chemicals that are reduced or removed by activated carbon are:

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The finest water purification solutions available

Activated carbon can be made from coal, wood, or coconut shell. Coconut shell is the most expensive and effective form. Carbon is “activated” by adding a positive charge, which enhances the adsorption and reduction of contaminants which have a negative charge. The three forms of activated carbon used in water filtration systems are granulated activated carbon (GAC), activated carbon block, and catalytic carbon.

Activated carbon removes impurities, chemicals and contaminants from water through adsorption and a process called catalytic reduction. Contaminants removed include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), herbicides, pesticides, chlorine (which is why water tastes better when filtered with activated carbon), chloramine, radon, and most man-made chemicals.

Activated carbon is not effective at removing heavy metals, nitrites, nitrates, dissolved inorganic contaminants or sediment. This is why sediment filters should precede carbon filters, and why KDF media is combined with activated carbon in many quality filtration systems.

Granulated Activated Carbon (GAC) is more effective when combined with KDF Media as there is a synergy of the two filtration medias that results in superior filtration to either media when used alone. A pound of activated carbon has a surface area of over 125 acres and can adsorb thousands of chemicals.

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Benefits of whole house water filters

Water filter system enables you to have clean water that is essential to your health from your tap. Harmful substances such as giardia or chlorine which can be detrimental to your health are extracted from the water during the filtering process. These substances are risky and can cause diseases like colon cancer and by installing water filter system; you will improve your general well-being and keep you away from such diseases. Additionally, healthy water is essential for your children’s developing immune systems.

Get water with better smell and taste By filtering your water, you will get water with better taste and smell that is free from any contaminants such as bacteria or bacteria byproducts.

Get quality water that is cheaper than the bottled water

Filtered tap water is of the same quality and standard just like the bottled water and is also cheaper as well. Additionally, you will be part of the greater community seeking to preserve the environment by avoiding the usage of bottles which are said to pollute the environment to a great quantity.

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Information on the Filter Media used in your Home

 How much filtration you get is a result of contact time between the water and the filter materials. The solution is to get a water filter with the best and the right filter materials.Below are the filter media most commonly used in our filters.  There are other media we use for specific purposes. All the media in our kitchen canister and whole house filters have been proven effective and are certified by NSF.

Granulated Activated Carbon

Included in kitchen canister, whole house, and some shower, bath and garden filters.

This carbon is made from coconut shell that has undergone a steam activation process to create its activated carbon form with micro-pores. During activation, it creates millions of pores at the surface of the carbon, thus increasing the total surface area.This acid-washed carbon is especially effective for adsorbing or reducing chlorine, disinfection by-products, TCE, PCE, MTBE and other trace level organics.

For chloramine removal, powdered catalytic carbon is used for its superior chloramine removal.  See below.

KDF 55

This is designed specifically for filtering chlorine and water-soluble lead, mercury, nickel, chromium, and other dissolved metals. It controls scale, bacteria and algae, even in hot water.   Removes chlorine and up to 98% of inorganic soluble heavy metals.  It controls microorganisms and reduces lime scale.  It extends the life of carbon.

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Water Filters: How to Choose the Right One for Your Home

Hazardous contaminants are becoming increasingly common in tap water. They can be chemical elements like lead, arsenic, radon, nitrites, or organic, like E. Coli bacteria. An alternative to tap water is bottled water, which although advertised as “natural” and “safe” is actually less regulated by the Department of Water then the municipal tap water supply. What is more, some of the new pollutants are not regulated and can be “legally” present in your drinking water.

Countertop Filters

Sitting on a counter with a line connecting it to the faucet. Like faucet-mounted types, they allow for switching between filtered and non-filtered water, and are ideal for kitchen applications. They can filter large amount s of water without plumbing modifications and need relatively infrequent cartridge changes. These models use a wide array of filtering technologies, including activated carbon and reverse osmosis. However they can be much more expensive than pitchers and faucet-mounted filters.

Under-Sink Filters

Unlike countertop systems, these require fixed installation and sometimes plumbing modifications. The good sides are that they don’t cramp the counter area, being hidden under the sink, and like countertops, they can also filter large amounts of water and don’t require a lot of maintenance. These models use a wide array of filtering technologies, including activated carbon and reverse osmosis. They are ideal for kitchen use.

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Maybe you recently heard that the EPA found contaminants in our local water supply? With all recent bad news about water quality in major American cities, it is no surprise that people are looking for ways to ensure that the water in their homes is safe, free of toxins, great tasting, and most importantly healthy. A complete water filtration system will make the water in every sink, tub, and shower of your home contaminant free, safe and delicious.

Without a water test it is impossible to know whether the water in your home is free of lead, chlorine, chloramine and other harmful contaminants. These chemicals and contaminants pose a serious threat to the health of you and your family.  Additionally, over time they can corrode your pipes, leading to expensive repairs.

The Environmental Working Group recommends that all homes test their water, or at least educate themselves on the water provided by their state and local municipality. Knowledge is power. Knowing the quality of the water you bathe in, cook with, and drink is fundamental to living a healthy life.

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How Water Filters Save You Money

Buying water filters can feel like an expense, but it is actually an investment, and they end up paying off in a big way if you buy the right one. Buy the wrong one, and they probably still pay off, just slower. In sales they call this dollarization – what is the value of the product to the customer? is comitted to selling products that provide more value than they cost, so this is really important to me.

In order to understand the value of a water filter, you have to look at the alternatives

1. Alternative #1: No filtration

Tap water in the city will usually not cause any short-term health consequences, but the chemicals in the water such as chlorine and fluoride can have obvious long-term health consequences such as cancer or bone density loss, and short-term health problems that are not so obvious to diagnose, such as a lack of energy, skin rashes and excema, and respiratory problems.

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Over 300 Pollutants in U.S. Tap Water

Since 2004, testing by water utilities has found pollutants in the tap water Americans drink, according to an Environmental Working Group (EWG) drinking water quality analysis of almost 20 million records obtained from state water officials.

More than half of the chemicals detected are not subject to health or safety regulations and can legally be present in any amount. The federal government does have health guidelines for others, but 49 of these contaminants have been found in one place or another at levels above those guidelines, polluting the tap water for 53.6 million Americans. The government has not set a single new drinking water standard since 2001.

Water utilities spend 19 times more on water treatment chemicals every year than the federal government invests in protecting lakes and rivers from pollution in the first place.

Based on these data, EWG believes the federal government has a responsibility to do a national assessment of drinking water quality. It should establish new safety standards, set priorities for pollution prevention projects, and tell consumers about the full range of pollutants in their water.

Because it has not, EWG launched a 3-year project to create the largest drinking water quality database in existence. This user-friendly, interactive resource covers 48,000 communities in -1 states and the District of Columbia.

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How Activated Carbon Treatment Works

These devices are commonly known as carbon filters. They actually absorb contaminants to an activated carbon medium. Activated carbon filters are used to remove unwanted tastes, odors, radon, and some man-made volatile organic contaminants from drinking water. The efficiency of the unit depends on the type of activated carbon installed, the filter bed depth, the type and concentration of contaminants in the water, and the contact time between the water and the carbon filter. Activated carbon filters are recommended for water without bacteria present.

Carbon filters are easy to install and maintain, and operating costs are usually limited to filter replacement. Depending on the type and concentration of the contaminant being removed, some carbon filters may require special hazardous waste handling and disposal, which can be costly. Other filter types are also available including charcoal and ceramic materials.

Activated carbon filters do not adsorb every type of contaminant equally. The solid material used in an activated carbon filter is a specialized carbon manufactured for these purposes. Contaminants adhere to the surface of these carbon granules or become trapped in the small pores of the filter. Generally, an activated carbon filter is used with a pre-treatment filter to remove sediment or iron particles that may be present and can clog the carbon filter.

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